The Brainerd Public Library will have "Revealing Records: Genealogy Workshops" class at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Participants can register for as many of the free classes as they want to attend by calling the library at 218-829-5574. All of the classes will be taught by Certified Genealogist Paula Stuart-Warren.

The classes will include: 11 a.m. to noon, Genealogical Goldmine: The Records of Old Settlers Organizations. This lecture acquaints researchers with the wealth of information that can be found in many of the records of pioneer settler organizations. Finding places of origin and settlement dates for our migrating ancestors is often difficult, but these records may provide help. Some include parents' names, detailed accounts of the journey from the previous residence to the new location, and a listing of the members' children.

Details may include date of death, or a location in which the pioneer later resided; 1-2 p.m. Online & On Track: Railroad Record Indexes and Finding Aids on the Internet. Learn about online personnel records, indexes, books, railroad employee and union magazine indexes, inventories of railroad records, indexes of insurance claims, identified photographs, and links to other free websites and finding aids; and 2:30-3:30 p.m., Lord Preserve Us! Church Records for Family History Research.

Not all ancestors belonged to an organized religion. For those who did, the records which have survived until today can often be helpful to genealogists. Names, dates, relationships, places of new and former residences, burial location, and other details may be learned. With some background knowledge of family, and of the area in which they lived, it may be possible to find church records for ancestors.

Stuart-Warren is a genealogical educator, researcher and consultant focusing on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She is a course coordinator and instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and an instructor for Ancestry Academy and Family Tree University and has lectured in many states and Canada. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and a former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. A native Minnesotan, she has researched onsite from coast to coast, written for many genealogy publications and has her own website and blog at

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